Former Colgate University Football radio voice Lloyd Walsh dies, 99

December 11, 2021 by
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UTICA/ROME -- Longtime local radio broadcaster Lloyd Walsh, perhaps best known for calling Colgate University football games on the former WRUN 1150, died this past Wednesday. Walsh was less than a month away from his 100th birthday, which would've been just after New Year's.

According to his obituary in the Utica Observer-Dispatch, Walsh attended what was then known as Oswego State Teachers College before joining the Army during World War II. After returning home, he graduated from Syracuse University's radio program in 1948 and embarked upon "a successful broadcasting career that ultimately spanned more than four decades."

The obituary says Walsh worked "in all phases of radio in the Utica area, including programming, writing, administration, advertising sales and on-air work."

Perhaps best known as the radio voice of Colgate football, Walsh also called local high school and college basketball games.

After retiring from radio, Walsh continued to share his voice talent by recording his readings of various books for the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Walsh was inducted into the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and was also a member of the SUNYIT Sports Hall of Fame.

The following information comes directly from the obituary:

Relatives and friends are invited and may call Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn Funeral Directors, 470 French Rd., Utica. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Mary, Mother of Our Savior Parish, Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, 2222 Genesee St., Utica. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Utica.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Lloyd’s name may be made to CABVI ( Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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